-lepsy


a combining form meaning “seizure,” used in the formation of compound words: epilepsy.

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Origin of -lepsy

combining form representing New Latin -lēpsia < Greek -lēpsia, equivalent to lêps(is) a seizure (lēp- variant stem of lambánein to seize + -sis -sis) + -ia -y3

Words nearby -lepsy

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British Dictionary definitions for -lepsy

-lepsy

sometimes -lepsia


n combining form

indicating a seizure or attackcatalepsy

Derived forms of -lepsy

-leptic, adj combining form

Word Origin for -lepsy

from New Latin -lepsia, from Greek, from lēpsis a seizure, from lambanein to seize
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Medical definitions for -lepsy

-lepsy

suff.

Seizure:narcolepsy.
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